- a ring of rope or metal used to fasten the edge of a sail to its stay, hold an oar in place, etc.
- an eyelet, as of metal or plastic, protecting an opening in cloth, leather, etc.
Origin of grommet; from obsolete French gromette (now gourmette), curb chain, bridle ; from gourmer, to curb, probably ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form grumus, throat
- a. A reinforced eyelet, as in cloth or leather, through which a fastener may be passed.b. A small metal or plastic ring used to reinforce such an eyelet.
- Nautical A loop of rope or metal used for securing the edge of a sail to its stay.
Origin of grommetProbably from obsolete French gromette, gormette, chain joining the ends of a bit, from Old French, from gourmer, to bridle.
- A reinforced eyelet, or a small metal or plastic ring used to reinforce an eyelet.
- (surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding) A young or inexperienced surfer, skateboarder, or snowboarder.
- What do you over the pond skaterboarders [sic] say? Is there a global term to be used to label someone as a skateboarder? Does it matter? I suppose the only one you can apply widely is ‘grommet’.
- A circle formed of three-stranded rope.
(third-person singular simple present grommets, present participle grommeting, simple past and past participle grommeted)
- To insert a grommet into.
- To fasten using a grommet.
- (intransitive) To apply grommets.
From obsolete French gromette (“curb chain”) (modern spelling gourmette).